Quality – Flu Season Reminder
New CDC Recommendations For Flu Vaccines
In a recent interview, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced notable changes in its recommendations for this year’s flu season. One significant shift in focus has been on who should receive flu vaccines in the presence of egg allergies.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that individuals with egg allergies can now receive any type of flu vaccine, whether egg-based or non-egg-based, as long as it is appropriate for their age and health status. This marks a change from previous guidelines that advised individuals with severe egg allergies to avoid egg-based vaccines. The new recommendations remove the need for additional safety measures beyond those required for any other vaccine.
Research supporting this change has shown that egg allergies are not a major contraindication to egg-based flu vaccines. While this change is new for the United States, other countries like Canada and Europe have previously conducted studies on rare but severe allergic reactions related to flu vaccines and concluded that egg content is not a significant factor. For those with egg allergies who remain concerned about receiving an egg-based vaccine, egg-free alternatives will continue to be available.
When To Get Your Flu Vaccine
Timing is crucial when it comes to getting your flu vaccine. The CDC recommends that individuals receive their flu vaccine as soon as possible. September and October are generally considered suitable for most people to be vaccinated against the flu. However, some experts suggest that waiting until later in this window may provide better protection, as it helps ensure that immunity doesn’t wane during the peak of flu season. The peak of flu season, according to the CDC, typically falls between December and February.
The flu vaccine remains the most effective tool in preventing serious outcomes related to the virus. It's worth noting that almost everyone aged six months and older should receive a flu vaccine each season, with very few exceptions. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination and emphasizes that getting vaccinated is a critical step in protecting public health during the flu season.
As we move closer to the flu season, it's important to stay informed about the latest recommendations and take proactive measures to safeguard your health and the well-being of your community.